“You’re Gonna Make it After All!” A Night at the ER

My crazy week is over. There’s a fresh new week to take on, with no mistakes in it yet.

Rest assured. We will add plenty. 🙂

But this week my spirit is at rest. It won’t be much easier. Joshua broke his arm Saturday, and it will be re-cast this week.

That means we will have to manage……dumdumdum……the health insurance circus. How many hoops can we make this lady go through? They are the best at that.

JD threw up Saturday night, which means we are now paranoid city.

I’m so thankful Mom is here!!

And you know who else is here? The Holy Spirit. I have peace in my soul. Everything will be okay. Last week I had no peace, and we all have times like that.

So today I have the Mary Tyler Moore song in my brain. I might just make it after all.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”       Galatians 6:9-10

A lot of funny things have been happening. These people just keep me in stitches. We laugh so much.

The other day, JD decided he wanted to use the potty.

He used it all right. He sat on it, he stood on it, he turned it upside down and wore it as a hat, and then he finally dragged it to the big potty and stood on it and tried to go.

Then I put his diaper back on him and took him back to the living room. I am not ready to potty train JD just yet. It’s not that his time isn’t here, it’s that MY time isn’t here.


Daniel has started saying “I”! It’s so exciting! I thought this day would never come. I am that unrealistic.


Joshua and I enjoyed hours of bonding time in the Emergency Room Saturday, from 7:30-10pm. That was the place to be this weekend. We talked and talked. I have four little boys, and yet I only have one that has been to the ER this year, and that one has been THREE times!!!

In a year!

The nurses are beginning to recognize him. “Oh yeah! You had all that poison oak on your face! How did you break your arm this time?”

Joshua’s triage nurse was a nice young man, and he shared with Joshua that he had broken both of his arms before, because he was a gymnast. Well, this was right as I walked up from registration, and I said, “Oh, you were a gymnast?”

He said yes, but then he was finished, so he walked away.

As I sat there, I realized that I might have hurt his feelings with that comment, if he took it the wrong way.

A few minutes later, he called us over to the next part of triage, and he said to me, “I was a MALE gymnast.”

Oh, poor guy.

“Oh! No, I was just thinking that you sound a lot like Joshua. He’s always doing flips and stuff on his trampoline.”

Bless his heart. I never cease to find new ways to embarrass myself, especially if I talk to people…

It was such an interesting night at the E.R. Joshua and I talked about how things can be both sad and funny.

Emergency rooms are the embodiment of that! There was the man sleeping in the floor, the lady who came in because a cat scratched her, a sick baby who we truly felt bad for, someone had a stroke, and a pitiful little girl with her foot covered in blisters.

I MIGHT have jokingly compared Joshua to our dear Aunt Janet, who stuff just happens to. Joshua got a good laugh out of that, and you should have heard him re-telling Janet’s stories!

“Joe, Joe, come over here,” Joshua said, “look at my toe. That’s not water, Joe.”

He told several other Janet story snippets.

“Wow, Joshua,” I said, “You remember Janet’s hospital stories better than I do.”

They are always listening, well you know, except for when you want them to.

I texted Alan with Joshua’s progress. He texted me back, “JD is throwing up.”

Fantastic. The funny thing is that I knew this was coming. Isn’t it cool when God occasionally will give you a little heads up?

We were out the other night, and a little girl who was playing with my children casually mentioned to me, “I threw up. At home.”

Yes. I was flipping out internally. She was playing with Daniel. Does she mean today???? Always listen for omens…

Not much sleep was had here last night, but I feel full of joy and hope for the week ahead. My spirit has been quieted by God. Spiritual turmoil is the very worst kind, to me. The things that scare me the most are out there, and God is here with me. Come what may, everything will be okay. 

Thank you again for all of your prayers and letters of encouragement this week! It made all the difference!!!

Here are a few photos from our first two days of school:


Is it bad that I already misplaced Thursday?

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